Are we working hard or hardly workin’? That is the question, isn’t it?
This is the point and fact of our lives in the remote interior of Alaska as Professional Guides. You have to love it. Or you just don’t do it. Lucky us, we do love what we do.
Working Hard or Hardly Working… you decide!
A rescue mission, bringing home Lonesome, a Chisana born range horse. At 24 years old, this winter has been hard on him. Master Guide Terry Overly’s crew along with our Alaska Guide Trainees enjoy what they do, how they do it and where.
I am working on a better slide show for you all, but as I have been so busy the last few days and haven’t posted, I thought it was just as important to show you what we have been up to.
The Winter Range for the older horses is only about three miles away, across the river. The weather has been so squirrelly this year (and last) that we are into full-blown Spring a good six weeks early.
A little history…
Lonesome lost his Momma at two days old. Orphaned, Master Guide Terry Overly’s guides brought the baby colt home wrapped in a jacket. Unable to convince the traumatized colt to take a bottle, the crew returned to the Lodge for lunch and to pow-wow what they would try next.
Not even considering there was any danger, the boys had left the tiny baby in what they thought was a safe environment for the little guy, inside the old barn, laying on a thick bed of hay.
As the crew returned to the barn with another warmed bottle, they suddenly gasped as one, froze, and took off at a dead run in the next second…. Old Twister was sticking his head out of the barn doors!
The well-feared, kicking, biting, nasty old gelding that had never been able to be ridden (for more than about 5 seconds) was inside the barn with the helpless colt!
Well, from what I have been told, the picture that was never taken of the guides all lined up outside of the big double doors was a sight to behold. Shocked, open mouthed and staring, not one of them could believe what was in front of them.
The colt was nuzzled up against old Twister, jabbing at his male parts hoping that his mother’s milk would appear. Twister standing there as if he were everyone’s favorite old barn horse and rubbing his face on the tiny colt. Twister, the horse that could kick a horseshoe with 3 nails off this hoof, and imbed the shoe with nails into the wall of the barn wall, standing there as if being a surrogate mother wasn’t unusual at all.
Seeing what was happening, Deb Overly immediately took the newly warmed bottle of milk and went to the other side of Twister to reach under him and offer the colt the nipple. He took it!
Life is a blessing. Everyday.
Working Hard or Hardly Working….
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